Jan 7, 2013 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Frog Bow

Adam “Frog” Mahan demonstrates KIA kata, Institute Form I, as part of his purple belt test. Pictured left-to-right are first degree brown belt Tristan “Raptor” Ligtvoet, third degree Black Belt Christopher “Growler” Grau, and third Degree Black Belt Kim “Cultivator” Thomas.

Dec 31, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The Frog Goes Purple

Adam “Frog” Mahan is awarded his purple belt by Mr. King on December 27, 2012. Congratulations, Frog, on another major step up the Karate Institute of America ladder! You’re doing great, and we all appreciate your effort, skill, and character. Next stop, blue belt!

Dec 17, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Jamie Rowe, Then and Now

What a blast from the past! James Rowe is pictured with his bride-to-be, Megan Von Berg. On the left, we see him in the early 1980s as a KIA Orange Belt in much younger days when we knew him as Jamie Rowe. James is now thirty-six. How rewarding it is to see old friends reconnect and share their lives with us. Congratulations, Jamie and Megan. We wish you all the very best!

Dec 3, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Honoring Cougar

As many of you know, many of the photos featured in the Karate Institute of America photo of the week have been graciously supplied by Genny “Cougar” Edge, pictured here in 1990 performing a kata and relaxing on a nature hike twenty years later in 2010. Cougar received her Kiado-Ryu First Dan rating on December 15, 1990. She is the thirteenth Black Belt of the Kiado-Ryu and one of only eight females to achieve Black Belt distinction of the sixty-three individuals who have garnered such success, a remarkable and noteworthy achievement.

Nov 26, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: Bones Commemoration

For those who knew Jerry “Bones” Gentry, we commemorate him in this collage from the 1980s and 1990s. What a dynamic force Bones was in the early days of the KIA. We miss him and his energy tremendously, and are eternally grateful for all he did in helping establish the legacy of the Karate Institute of America. All photos copyright and courtesy of Genny “Cougar” Edge.

Nov 19, 2012 - Photos of the Week

Photo of the Week: The "King Kane" in Competition

From the Karate Institute of America 1980 and 1990 archives, Grandmaster Richard Andrew King competes with a cane. The cane, one of the most practical weapons in the contemporary world, is one of the standard weapons taught in the KIA’s Kiado-Ryu karate system. Free videos of the cane in action, as well as other weapons, can be found by following the “Videos” link at King’s Karate. Photo copyright and courtesy of Genny “Cougar” Edge.